Carilion Clinic will begin a new educational program focused on training physician assistants and nurse practitioners in emergency medicine.
The one-year fellowship program was developed to help meet a growing need for specially trained mid-level providers to treat emergency department patients, said Kim Roe, senior director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Carilion Clinic.
The need for the training is also indicative of the trend toward hiring nurse practitioners and physician assistants to help meet patient need without relying on doctors. In recent years health policy experts have said physician assistants and nurse practitioners will play an increasing role in treating people, especially in rural and underserved regions of the country.
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